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Monday, January 24, 2022

Monday Morning Musing: Snow, Cabin Fever, and Snowpiercer


When we moved to the west side of Michigan, I expected snow. Our first winter (2012-14) we got over 350 inches. Yep, you read that right. It reached the top of our mailbox and you couldn't see around corners. You had to creep out and hope nobody was coming. I hope we don't see that much snow this winter, but the winds are blowing across Lake Michigan and bringing all the white stuff with it. We have a lovely neighbor who uses his snowblower on our driveway and shovels our sidewalk. What a guy! If we have to go anywhere, we can do so safely.

Cabin Fever is a common ailment in the Midwest in the winter. First, the lack of sunshine is a biggie. Something about all that water around us sends up enchanted clouds to block our sun. (That's the technical explanation. LOL) Then, there's lake effect snow. I heard about that the first time we moved to this side of the state. The wind blows cold, arctic air across the open water Lake Michigan creating snow. It's not a big band of snow, either. The farther you are from the lake, the less snow you get. It's common to see school closings scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen. Snow day, yay! Poor moms (and dads) who have to put up with kids who can't go outside and/or need sitters so parents can go to work. For us retirees, we enjoy staying home. But only for so long then, like kids, we get antsy. One good thing about west Michigan: we get so much snow, the county is prepared with heavy duty snow plows that keep our roads clear.

Speaking of snow. Have you seen the TNT presentation of "Snowpiercer"? The premise is that seven years ago, the world froze up, and the remnants of humanity are on a perpetual motion train traveling around the world. The very rich (those who could afford tickets) are in the front of the 1,001-car train. Class divisions all the way to the tail. Like any good post-apocalyptic story, politics, class warfare, and efforts to survive abound. I watched the first season, got sidetracked during the second, and today the third season starts. Guess I'd better catch up before watching the new season. With all the cold outside, I'm not so sure a frozen wasteland will be fun entertainment.

Keep warm and stay safe. 





  1. I grew up on the west side of the state by the lake, and we had tons of snow too. One year we couldn't open our front door for the rest of winter after a massive storm.

  2. That's a lot of snow. But as you said, your area is prepared for it while ours panics at the mere hint of it.
    I've seen the movie but never the series. Knowing how the movie ended, I'm not sure how there could be a series unless it takes place before the movie.

    1. My sister lives in Indy and it's the same way. They aren't prepared for a lot of snow.
      I only saw bits and pieces of the movie, so I can't say. I like Jennifer Connolly better than Swinton in the MC role.

  3. I saw the movie a few years ago and it was entertaining for what it was, but now they made a series? I guess not having regular tv means I miss the memo on stuff like this. Not sure how they're stretching out the idea of civilization on a moving train for multiple seasons, but apparently it's working if they keep getting renewed. :)

    I had to shovel the sidewalk twice yesterday. So much snow!

    1. Yep, a series--3rd season started yesterday. We have 3 more episodes in Season 2 to watch before we get to Season 3. Now, I'll have to watch the movie to see the difference. Too much snow yesterday. Now we have to dig out.

  4. That cozy cabin in the woods looks very welcoming, but I'm sure I'd succumb to cabin fever very quickly. Thanks for mentioning that movie. I haven't seen it, but it sounds great.


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